Beyond Darkness Solar energy lights up the lives of the poor

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In India, more than 300 million people are still without electricity. The poorest of the poor lives off the grid, often having to walk miles for access to electricity. The education of their children and the efficiency of their work is affected. The government boasts of having electrified the territory to 98%, but the electric poles stop short of reaching the poor homes. Some do not have the 280$ to pay the few meters of extra cables and the bribes that go with it. Others do not have (land) title deeds to request a new connection.

Thanks to a social enterprise called Selco, 135,000 households were powered by solar in Karnataka, a state in southern India. Their micro-finance model is worth adapting throughout this power-hungry nation. But will this happen? Only time can tell.

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